Guide to the Morris County Court of Common Pleas Account Book 1775-1794 MG 196
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Inventory prepared by James Lewis, July 2001, as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Morris County was created on March 15, 1738/1739 and was named after the Governor of New Jersey, Colonel Lewis Morris (1671-1746). The first Morris County court met at Morristown on March 25, 1740; Jacob Ford (fl. 1776) and Samuel Tuthill (fl. 1776-1794) were the first judges appointed by the county in 1776. The attorney general acted as the Prosecutor of the Pleas before 1824, and if he was absent the court appointed a lawyer to perform his duties. A County Court of Common Pleas heard cases between two people as opposed to cases involving the state and an individual.
The Morris County Court of Common Pleas account book has cases dating from 1775-1794 and contains entries for the plaintiff, defendant, date, fees and their costs. The judge’s quota of these fees, the plaintiff’s attorney’s name and the New Jersey Supreme Court cases are indicated. The judges who ruled these cases included Samuel Tuthill, John Jacob Faesch (1729-1799), William Hart (nd), William Woodhull (1741-1824), Joseph Lewis (fl. 1786-1787), John Chetwood (fl. 1786-1793), and Andrew Kirkpatrick (fl. 1790). The frontispiece of this volume is labeled Book of Costs, 1794.
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A History of Morris County, New Jersey, Vol. 1 (New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1914).